its like…3:45 in the morning and i cant stop thinking about Merwin librarian AU
where Kingsman is a library and Merlin is the intimidating librarian that shushes anyone who so much as breathes loudly. everyone’s scared of him (with an eternal scowl on his face who wouldn’t be) that not a lot of people approach him.
one day he ends up with Story Time duty even though the children hate him.
that’s when he meets Daisy, who seems to be the only kid who doesn’t scare away from him. in fact she’s the only one who responds enthusiastically to his half-hearted narration. once Story Time finishes the parents pick up their children, leaving only him and Daisy in the room. Daisy, bless her heart, helps Merlin clean up even though Merlin insists that she should wait for her parents.
Just as they are about to finish cleaning the room, a young man knocks on the door and calls for Daisy. Dropping everything in a second, Daisy runs toward the man and hugs him. Merlin on the other hand, feels his heart beating louder the moment his eyes set on him. The man notices him and holds out his hand, calling himself Eggsy and thanking him for staying with his little sister. Merlin can only nod because he’s worried that he might say something regrettable. The two siblings take their leave, the last thing Merlin can hear is Daisy telling Eggsy about ‘bald egghead man’.
Merlin doesn’t take anymore Story Time duty ever since the less-than-stellar response from the children (which he’s perfectly fine with since he prefers the job at the front desk better) but he now notices the siblings every time they enter the library, giving them both a small smile and a wave. he also notices the small notes tucked into the books that Eggsy returns (he personally hands them in to Merlin, insisting it’s more convenient for the both of them). Merlin answers them in the form of little notes as well, placing them on the front page of whatever book Eggsy borrows that time. at first these silent exchanges (because it’s still a library and Merlin knows he’s not setting up a good example if he’s found talking loudly to someone) are innocent (’what’s your favorite color?’ ‘what book are you reading at the moment?’) but as the days pass they become more intimate until one day he receives a note that says ‘can i take you out for dinner?’
He looks up at Eggsy, who’s already leading Daisy towards the childern’s corner. when the two return to the front desk to check out their books a few moments later, Eggsy nervously avoids Merlin’s gaze. Just like the other times before, Merlin places his note inside one of Eggsy’s borrowed books. his eyes follow the siblings as they leave the library, grinning when he sees Eggsy outside whooping with joy and twirling Daisy around, Merlin’s note peeking out of one of Eggsy’s hands.